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Tutoring


Student + Tutoring Services = Success

Please visit our Math Lab or Writing Center if you have questions on your coursework in subject areas related to mathematics or English, or if you would like help on your writing assignments.

The Student Support Services Program offers a nationally certified peer tutoring program which provides all Patrick Henry Community College students with the academic, study skills, and motivational support needed to successfully complete their courses. The Counselor/Tutor Coordinator is responsible for administering all phases of the peer tutor program.

PHCC's tutorial program has been in existence since the Fall semester of 1988. The peer tutoring program has served as a model for many universities and colleges all over the country, being the first college in the state of Virginia to offer a certified tutor training program. Our student population is extremely diverse, including students directly out of high school working toward certificates or associate degrees (many of which transfer to four year colleges); displaced workers seeking new jobs skills; four year college graduates taking classes to gain recertification for teaching; and senior citizens who desire to stay active and involved.

To learn more about tutoring at PHCC, contact .


1.    PEER TUTORS ARE SELECTED AND HIRED BASED ON THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA: 
 
1. Written recommendation from faculty member in every subject area for which student intends to tutor
2. Grade of "A" or "B" in every course for which student intends to tutor
3. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
4. Express genuine concern for all students at PHCC and for participants in the Student Support Services Program

All tutors participate in a 30-hour training after which they are eligible for certification through the College Reading and Learning Association prior to the fall semester. The fall semester training is intense and designed to update tutors with new information and ideas. During the semester, workshops are scheduled to meet the other needs that we feel are not as pressing, but need to be covered. Also, the Ropes course which is a team building activity that is conducted by a trained facilitator. This activity is designed to build trust and a spirit of working together among the participants.  
 
2.    THE OBJECTIVES OF THE TUTOR PROGRAM ARE: 
 
1) to maintain a staff of tutors who are well trained and informed of changing trends in the field of tutoring and sensitive to the needs of students
2) to provide quality tutoring to fulfill the needs of the students at PHCC
3) to assist the students being tutored to become successful and self-sufficient, and
4) to provide tutoring in academic areas, as well as, study skills to allow students to strengthen areas in which they are the weakest.  
 
3.    REGULAR/LEVEL 1 CERTIFICATION 
 
1. Minimum of ten hours of tutor training
2. 25 hours of actual tutoring
3. Written approval of a content skill instructor
4. Endorsement of tutor training/supervisor
5. Grade of "A" or "B" in subject content being tutored  
 
4.    ADVANCED/LEVEL 2 CERTIFICATION 

1. Minimum of 10 hours of tutor training beyond Level1 (a minimum of 20 cumulative hours of tutor training)
2. 25 hours of actual tutoring beyond Level 1
3. Written approval of a content skill instructor
4. Endorsement of tutor training/supervisor
5. Grade of "A" or "B" in subject content being tutored  
 
5.    MASTER/LEVEL 3 CERTIFICATION  
 
1. Minimum of 10 hours of tutor training beyond level 2 (a minimum of 30 cumulative hours of tutor training)
2. 25 hours of actual tutoring beyond Level 2
3. Written approval of a content skill instructor
4. Endorsement of tutor training/supervisor
5. Grade of "A" or "B" in subject content being tutored 

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